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    The 11 Most Inexplicable NBA Draft Lottery Picks Of The 2000s

    Did anyone really think Joe Alexander would be a good NBA player? Anyone?

    2000: The 2000 Draft isn't worth doing because there just weren't any good options. You can't be faulted for making a bad lottery pick when they were all bad lottery picks.

    2001: DeSagana Diop, 8th Overall, Cleveland Cavaliers

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    OK, so: Diop's a true seven-footer who played at basketball factory Oak Hill. But he had no semblance of an offensive game — not even the kernel of one; it's not that hard to average 14 points a game when you're seven feet tall in high school — and though Diop's put together a career as a pro, he's never been more than a defensive specialist. He's certainly not an offensive specialist — the most points per game he's ever scored in a season was 3.0, in 2007-08. He also did this.

    Players who were drafted after Diop:

    Joe Johnson

    Richard Jefferson

    Troy Murphy

    Zach Randolph

    Brendan Haywood

    Gerald Wallace

    Samuel Dalembert

    Jamaal Tinsley

    Tony Parker

    Gilbert Arenas

    2002: Nikoloz Tskitishvili, 5th Overall, Denver Nuggets

    Matt York / AP

    Georgian seven-footer Nikoloz Tskitishvili was drafted sixth overall despite averaging only 6.6 points per game in the Italian league the year before the draft — not exactly a sign of future NBA greatness. Sure enough, the guy shot 30% from the field for his career. (Reminder: HE'S SEVEN FEET TALL.) That would be a terrible number for a volume-shooting guard; for a center, it's abysmal.

    Players who were drafted after Tskitishvili:


    Chris Wilcox

    Amar'e Stoudemire

    Caron Butler

    Jared Jeffries

    Tayshaun Prince

    John Salmons

    Roger Mason, Jr.

    Carlos Boozer

    Matt Barnes

    Luis Scola

    2003: Darko Milicic, 2nd Overall, Detroit Pistons

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    Everyone knows the story of Darko Milicic, and it seems at first glance that maybe he doesn't belong on this list — lots of people though Milicic would be good, right? Sort of. Even at the time, there were serious questions not only about Milicic's game, but also his motor and state of mind, and the latter two concerns especially proved to be millstones that he could never quite get rid of in the following decade. ("Weaknesses: Millstone Disposal.") Milicic will forever be notable, though, for the sheer quality of players drafted after him, including Melo, Chris Bosh, and D-Wade, who even at the time were all regarded as can't-miss superstars.

    Players who were drafted after Milicic:

    Carmelo Anthony

    Chris Bosh

    Dwyane Wade

    Chris Kaman

    Kirk Hinrich

    Mickael Pietrus

    Nick Collison

    Luke Ridnour

    David West

    Boris Diaw

    Carlos Delfino

    Kendrick Perkins

    Leandro Barbosa

    Josh Howard

    Jason Kapono

    Steve Blake

    Willie Green

    Zazu Pachulia

    Matt Bonner

    Mo Williams

    James Jones

    Kyle Korver

    2004: Luke Jackson, 10th Overall, Cleveland Cavaliers


    Despite having a remarkable college career, Jackson's game never seemed like it would translate well to the NBA — he wasn't fast enough to be anything but a spot shooter, and you can't be a spot-shooter as a pro unless you're reallllllly accurate and add some other elite skill, like defense or rebounding, which Jackson didn't. Indeed, in the pros he couldn't create his own shot and would only score 252 points over the course of seven seasons.

    Players who were drafted after Jackson:

    Andris Biedrins

    Sebastian Telfair

    Kris Humphries

    Al Jefferson

    Josh Smith

    JR Smith

    Dorell Wright

    Jameer Nelson

    Delonte West

    Tony Allen

    Kevin Martin

    Beno Udrih

    Anderson Varejao

    Chris Duhon

    Trevor Ariza

    2005: Sean May, 13th Overall, Charlotte Bobcats

    Sean May won a national championship at UNC; this is true. But even then, he was overweight and unathletic, two of the hardest things for an NBA player to overcome, and he just didn't have the quickness to make his size worthwhile for professional teams.

    Players who were drafted after May:

    Danny Granger

    Gerald Green

    Hakim Warrick

    Nate Robinson

    Jarrett Jack

    Francisco Garcia

    Linas Kleiza

    Ian Mahinmi

    David Lee

    Brandon Bass

    CJ Miles

    Ersan Ilyasova

    Ronny Turiaf

    Monta Ellis

    Lou Williams

    Andray Blatche

    Amir Johnson

    Marcin Gortat

    2006: Adam Morrison, 3rd Overall, Charlotte Bobcats

    Oh, Adam Morrison — how I've pulled for you. It's just that, even after his remarkable senior season, no one really understood how a guy who made his bones feasting on mid-major defenders would survive in the pros, and being drafted by the Bobcats, who had one of the worst developmental track records in the league, only made it worse. One of the biggest warning signs regarding Morrison was his three-point shooting: his junior-year 43% rate was an aberration from his sophomore and freshman performances, and when that regressed back to precedent once he entered the NBA, he was without a reliable way to score.

    Players who were drafted after Morrison:

    Tyrus Thomas

    Shelden Williams

    Brandon Roy

    Randy Foye

    Rudy Gay

    JJ Redick

    Thabo Sefolosha

    Ronnie Brewer

    Renaldo Balkman

    Rajon Rondo

    Kyle Lowry

    Shannon Brown

    Jordan Farmar

    Joel Freeland

    James White

    Steve Novak

    Boobie Gibson

    Paul Millsap

    2007: Yi Jianlian, 6th Overall, Milwaukee Bucks

    Sergio Perez / Reuters

    A guy with questions about how old he was who admitted that he wasn't good enough to play in the NBA a year before he was taken sixth overall? How could this go wrong!

    Players who were drafted after Yi:

    Corey Brewer

    Brandan Wright

    Joakim Noah

    Spencer Hawes

    Thad Young

    Rodney Stuckey

    Nick Young

    Marco Belinelli

    Daequan Cook

    Jared Dudley

    Wilson Chandler

    Rudy Fernandez

    Aaron Brooks

    Aaron Afflalo

    Tiago Splitter

    Carl Landry

    Glen Davis

    Josh McRoberts

    Aaron Gray

    Ramon Sessions

    2008: Joe Alexander, 8th Overall, Milwaukee Bucks

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    If you can't shoot threes or create your own shot, and you're not 6'11" or taller, it doesn't matter if you're a tremendous athlete: you have no chance in the NBA. Joe Alexander had no chance in the NBA.

    Players who were drafted after Alexander:

    D.J. Augustin

    Brook Lopez

    Jerryd Bayless

    Jason Thompson

    Brandon Rush

    Anthony Randolph

    Robin Lopez

    Marreese Speights

    Roy Hibbert

    JaVale McGee

    JJ Hickson

    Ryan Anderson

    Courtney Lee

    Kosta Koufos

    Serge Ibaka

    Nicolas Batum

    George Hill

    Darrell Arthur

    Nikola Pekovic

    Mario Chalmers

    DeAndre Jordan

    Omer Asik

    Luke Richard Mbah a Moute

    Goran Dragic

    2009: Johnny Flynn, 6th Overall, Minnesota Timberwolves

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    If you're six feet tall and you aren't REALLY REALLY GOOD AT BASKETBALL, you have no chance in the NBA. Johnny Flynn... yeah. And Flynn can't even use the excuse that he didn't get a fair shake because Minnesota drafted two other PGs that same year: they traded Ty Lawson — hahahahaha they traded Ty Lawson and kept Johnny Flynn — and Ricky Rubio waited a few years to come over.

    Players who were drafted after Flynn:

    Stephen Curry (Stephen Curry!!!)

    Jordan Hill

    DeMar DeRozan

    Brandon Jennings

    Gerald Henderson

    Tyler Hansbrough

    Earl Clark

    Austin Daye

    James Johnson

    Jrue Holiday

    Ty LAwson

    Jeff Teague

    Eric Maynor

    Darren Collison

    Byron Mullens

    Rodrigue Beaubois

    Taj Gibson

    Toney Douglas

    DeJuan Blair

    Jonas Jerebko

    Jodie Meeks

    Marcus Thornton

    Chase Budinger

    Danny Green

    AJ Price

    Nando De Colo

    2010: Wesley Johnson, 4th Overall, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Matt York / AP

    Oh, look, another Timberwolves pick. Wes Johnson was a senior who'd only had one good year in college and played a well-rounded but unspectacular game. He just wasn't good enough at any one thing to be a successful NBA player.

    Players who were drafted after Johnson:

    DeMarcus Cousins

    Ekpe Udoh

    Greg Monroe

    Al-Farouq Aminu

    Gordon Hayward

    Paul George

    Ed Davis

    Pattrick PAtterson

    Larry Sanders

    Luke Babbitt

    Kevin Seraphin

    Eric Bledsoe

    Avery Bradley

    Quincy Pondexter

    Jordan Crawford

    Greivis Vasquez

    Landry Fields

    Lance Stephenson

    Devin Ebanks

    2011: Jan Vesely, 6th Overall, Washington Wizards

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    It's hard to declare a player a failure after only two seasons, but in his second year, Vesely has shown virtually no improvement and very little potential as far as basketball skills; he's an athlete and nothing else right now, and there's more than enough of those floating around the league.

    Players who were drafted after Vesely:

    Bismack Biyombo

    Brandon Knight

    Kemba Walker

    Jimmer Fredette

    Klay Thompson

    Alec Burks

    Markieff Morris

    Marcus Morris

    Kawhi Leonard

    Nikola Vucevic

    Iman Shumpert

    Kenneth Faried

    Reggie Jackson

    MarShon Brooks

    Norris Cole

    Jimmy Butler

    Kyle Singler

    Chandler Parsons

    Lavoy Allen